|Stay in Line|
The first thing to check is the most obvious. If demand has exceeded supply,
then simply refill the washer fluid tank. A funnel and a jug of washer fluid
are the solutions to your problem. Remember to only pour the windshield washer
fluid where it's supposed to go. If you're not sure, consult the owner's
manual, or look for the cap with wipers and spray on it. If a reservoir
fill-up doesn't solve the problem, use your ears. Have a pal turn on the
ignition key to Accessory and fire up the wipers and washer with the engine
off and hood up. Listen for the pump motor. If the motor is whirring away to
no avail, then it's time to inspect the lines and squirters. Find the
squirters, and follow the lines back to the tank. Makes sure there are no
pinched, cracked, or broken lines. Last, find the squirters themselves and
make sure they're not clogged with old car wax or crud. Follow along with the
steps below for some clear vision tips .
|Step 1 - Finding and filling the washer fluid reservoir is half the
battle. This may be your first and last step.
|Step 2 - With the help of a pal, test the washer function with the
engine off, and listen for the pump motor. No whirring? Check the fuse and
electrical connections. Replace the motor if it's dead.
|Step 3 - Next, find the lines that run from the pump motor to the
squirters. Make sure they're not pinched, like this one.
|Step 4 - A pinched or broken line can be patched up with a barbed
fitting, or replaced with new line, available right near the windshield wipers
at the auto parts store.
|Step 5 - Clean up the squirters. Old car wax and road crud can clog up
the holes. Also check the aim. Windshield washer fluid will do no good
squirting over the roof of the car. Now go drive through a swarm of bugs!